1914 4th Street. Marysville, WA 98270

Karen June North June 16, 1958 - May 9, 2021

Karen North, the Registrar at Totem Middle School and life long resident of Marysville WA went to her heavenly family on Mother’s Day, May 9 th , 2021 as a result of heart failure.

Karen is survived by her soulmate of 40 years, Terry North; her children TJ (Lisa) North, Crystal (Dylan) Shilg; her grandchildren, Ellie North, Sydney North, Lexi North, Addison North, Leah North, and her only grandson Maverick North; her stepsons Matthew (Lisa) North, Chris (Crystal) North, and Tim North; her siblings Sherry (Russ) Eaton, Joanne (John) Cooper, Tom (Tracy) Hughley, and Ron Hughley; her cousin Julie McGlynn, and many many friends.

Karen was born on June 16, 1958 in Everett WA to Evamae and Ronald Hughley, who predeceased her. She graduated from Marysville High School in 1973, and took college classes in nursing. On June 26, 1983, she married Terry North, a co-worker at Scott’s Paper Mill. On 3/19/84, and 5/16/86, she welcomed her son and daughter who were a very important part of her life. Family was everything to Karen! Karen loved her extended family and treated her stepsons like they were her own. Karen and Terry were foster parents for 6 years.

Karen was very involved in girl scouts and boy scouts as a leader for many years. She enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, camping and jamboree. She loved sharing her knowledge with children. Karen was an avid baking (including cinnamon rolls) and cook. She was a renowned candy maker. Known for her almond roca, fudge, caramels, seafoam, divinity, and hooch. She loved to share her talent with her friends and family. No one over left empty handed.

Karen was a paper crafter making scrapbooks and cards. She loved to sew, make beaded jewelry, crochet, and cross stich. She worked with her son TJ to make button blankets. Karen hosted the best parties ever! No one was a stranger in her home. Game nights with friends included keen competition, pink cards, and usually snacks that could be a whole meal.

Karen worked for Marysville School District at Totem middle school for over 35 years. She worked with Special Needs, In School Suspension, Attendance Secretary, and a Registrar.

A memorial service will be held at Kellogg Marsh Grange Hall, 10005 67 th Ave NE Marysville on May 21st from 2:30pm-6:30pm. In lieu of flower donations can be made in Karen’s name to The American Cancer Society or The American Diabetes Association.


  1. Gina Vallerga Thomas says

    I was docked to hear this news. What a wonderful heart and soul to lose so young. I am so sorry.

  2. Lori Snyder says

    Karen was such a beautiful person. She was the first person I met at Totem when interviewing for my job. Right away, she made me feel like family. That was her way; to bring people together and make everyone feel like they belonged! The goodies she brought for staff were legendary and I am so grateful I was able to attend a Ladies Weekend in Lynden with her so I could get to know her on another level. She was happy, joyful and she will be greatly missed. Terry, I hope you are doing okay. My prayers and condolences are with you and your family!

  3. Jim & Margaret Higbee says

    Such sad news. We won’t be able to attend due to the many miles between us, but our thoughts and prayers are being sent. She was a special lady and will be missed by many.

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